Framework IV

Originally created by Forefront Corporation for Ashton-Tate and first released in 1984, Framework was an early integrated office suite for DOS. It has a built in word processor, spreadsheet, database, outliner, graphing, and telecommunications.

Framework provides a text-based "gui", including windowing and menus. All of the different components behave in similar, consistent ways.

The Framework office suite is historically distinguished as the first all-in-one office suite for IBM PC compatible computers.

The spreadsheet component is also unique, as its design let it support "3D" spreadsheets.

Initially, Framework competed against Epson's Z-80 CP/M based Valdocs integrated office suite, and the Macintosh. It later competed against Lotus Symphony and Microsoft Works.

Wanted: Framework V, later versions.


Release notes

Framework IV was the last version released under Ashton-Tate. Framework IV was re-branded and sold by Borland, who also released a number of later versions.

Product type
Application Word Processor Spreadsheet Graphics Communications Database
Release date
User interface
Download count
6 (2 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Framework IV 1.0 (1991) (3.5-720k) IV 1.0 English 16.66MB 2
Framework IV 1.0 (1991) (5.25-360k) IV 1.0 English 2.72MB 0


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